[TN-Bird] Shelby Co. birds, 17 Oct 13

  • From: Scott Somershoe <Scott.Somershoe@xxxxxx>
  • To: TN-Birds <tn-bird@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Sat, 19 Oct 2013 01:10:53 +0000

I birded around Shelby Co. Thursday morning before heading back to Nashville 
after a great time with the Memphis TOS chapter on Wednesday evening.

A few notables:
Across MS river in Shelby Co.:
In TN by about 50m- One Sedge Wren was unexpectedly cooperative at about 8 feet 
and called, making its presence known, while I was scanning blackbirds.  Later 
it posed for photos.
One Lincoln's Sparrow about 50m into Arkansas (nice bird for my almost 
nonexistent Arkansas list).
Lots of Swamp and Savannah Sparrows.  Flocks of Indigo Buntings were also 
working the edges of the woods and ag fields.  A couple white-throated sparrows 
were also found.

T.O. Fuller Golf Course, which is being converted to grassland/shrubland by 
A nice flock of chipping sparrows, a couple swamp sparrows, and a red-headed 
woodpecker.  As this grows up, I expect some goodies in here!

At the Pits:
106 Black-bellied Whistling-Ducks, all at one time.  Many older hatching year 
birds and one 2/3 grown duckling that was still all fuzzy without any flight 
feathers or non-downy body feathers.  I have photos that I'll post later.  
Highest count I could find in my records or in eBird is 96.
Fulvous Whistling-Duck - still hanging out with the Black-bellieds.
Few shorebirds, mostly Least (~160), one spotted, and one black-necked stilt 
(second latest fall record of black-necked stilt for the state!)
Lots of shovelers, blue and green-winged teal

TVA Lake-
Little Blue Heron - 1 immature (I only found three later fall records in TN).

Really good birding!
Scott Somershoe

State Ornithologist
Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency
P.O. Box 40747
Nashville, TN 37204
615-781-6653 (office)
615-781-6654 (fax)

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